In-Person Workshops

All workshops listed here are in-person and will be taught in our studios on Rhode Island Street.

Until further notice, all students and instructors are required to be vaccinated and wear masks. Workshops are limited to six students and held in our Print Studio, a large room with high ceilings, good ventilation, and several air purifiers. Hand sanitizers and wipes are readily available.

If you have workshop credit from a covid-cancelled workshop, please email us at workshops@sfcb.org to register for a new class. 

Please read our Registration Policies before signing up for a workshop.

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Workshops: In-Person
Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Binding, Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, October 18, 2021, 6:00 PM
End: Monday, October 25, 2021, 9:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Looking for a creative way to produce letterpress printed imagery for your print and book projects? Try pressure printing! Learn the process of building plates made from paper to add graphics to your letterpress prints.

Closed
Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 5:30 PM
Alan Hillesheim

Design and aesthetic. Increase your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine you registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster!

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 24, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 24, 2021, 5:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound. In this class students will bind a book employing thick paper as a folded and laced wrapper.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

The accordion book is a versatile structure for artists of all mediums. In this all day workshop, students learn various tips and tricks for creating their own accordion books -- and leave with a variety of samples to inspire future projects.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 12:30 PM
Paula Gloistein

'Tis the season to send some cards! Spend an evening getting an introduction to letterpress printing on cylinder presses while creating personalized and original holiday stationery.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, October 31, 2021, 5:00 PM
Taun Relihan

Make your own meditation scroll, a unique design and process developed by the instructor. There will be a brief history of the scroll and an introduction to focused awareness and stillness in the making of art.

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Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, November 1, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, November 5, 2021, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking. It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 5:30 PM
Brian Lieske

Build a decorative box that is its own magic trick. This box has three compartments, but only one or two are visible at a time. The lid hinges in two directions hiding the contents of the other compartments.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Sunday, November 7, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 14, 2021, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, November 8, 2021, 6:00 PM
End: Monday, November 8, 2021, 9:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

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Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of stationery printed from polymer plates.

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Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, November 15, 2021, 6:00 PM
End: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 9:00 PM
Raoul Martinez

A brief introduction to Fraktur calligraphy.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, November 18, 2021, 9:30 PM
Brian Ferrett

Scroll down - new session added in December!

This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

While bookbinding and book repair share many skills and techniques, they are also distinct pursuits. This course is intended to introduce the student familiar with bookbinding to key practices within basic book repair.

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Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, November 21, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, November 21, 2021, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, we begin at the beginning. This, the first of our Core Bookbinding series, introduces students to the craft with the Coptic stitch, one of the earliest structures in binding.

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Printing Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 4
Start: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, December 3, 2021, 5:30 PM
Thea Sizemore

The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. After this class students are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques.

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Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, December 6, 2021, 6:30 PM
End: Monday, December 6, 2021, 9:30 PM
Brian Ferrett

After taking Polymer Core 1, learn how to make detailed, high-quality photopolymer plates from digital files and film for letterpress printing.

Open
Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 9:30 PM
Robin Weinert

This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a Cylinder proof press.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, December 13, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, December 17, 2021, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking. It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery.

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Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 5:30 PM
Meri Brin

After completing the Introduction to the Risograph Class, you can now work on your own Risograph project. Consider a poster or series of postcards, pamphlet zine or single-page structure.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, December 19, 2021, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, December 19, 2021, 5:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

What kind of book provides all the surprise of a pop-up, and the “wow!” factor of a tunnel book? Carousel books, that’s what! Also known as a “star” book, this structure provides endless opportunities for design and experimentation.

Open